A woman’s sexual desire may fluctuate throughout her life depending on the state of her relationship and other social or personal factors, but the low chronic sexual desire that results in personal distress is known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). It occurs when a woman has a persistent lack of sexual desire, including self-stimulation and fantasies or sexual thoughts. While there is no magic number to determine how much sex is normal, women may feel distressed if their sex drive is weaker than it once was.
When it comes to a woman’s sexual desire, some research indicates that physical and emotional factors may be responsible. The end of a relationship or other important changes in life can cause a woman’s sexual desire to fall. Others may suffer from low sexual desire due to their medications. For example, some antidepressants or anticonvulsant medications are known to cause low libido.
Even some hormonal contraceptives can decrease a woman’s sexual desire. According to a survey conducted by Woman’s Magazine, approximately 36 percent of women feel that the pill, vaginal ring and patch reduce their sexual desire.
In addition, some medical conditions such as high blood pressure, cancer, arthritis, diabetes and neurological disorders affect sexual desire.
Some sexual problems can be the result of hormonal changes that occur naturally with the aging process. Menopause occurs when a woman’s estrogen levels decrease. Side effects may include less interest in sex and vaginal dryness, which can make sex painful. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may also experience hormonal changes that affect their sexual desire. A new baby often makes a woman feel stressed and fatigued, which cushions her sexual desire.
Other common causes of loss of sex drive in women can include work or family stress, being underweight or overweight, inflammation and psychological problems, such as low self-esteem, depression, poor body image or having a history of negative sexual experiences. Even certain diets and food choices can cause a change in sexual desire. The research shows that there is a link between eating too many processed foods and lack of sexual desire in both women and men. This is probably due to the alteration of hormones, such as the hormone leptin that controls the appetite and the hormone HGH “the fountain of youth”. Sugar also makes you feel tired and increases stress and anxiety, which can kill your sexual desire.
Benefits of a healthy sex life
Increasing your sex drive may seem like the last thing in your mind. But it is important to remember that sex is a healthy part of any romantic relationship and that you deserve to feel good about it. Having sex and reaching an orgasm increases oxytocin levels of the “love hormone”, which helps you feel more connected to your partner and have a better emotional connection with them. Oxytocin has even been shown to improve certain health conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and childbirth.
Sex is also physically good for you. Studies show that sex has the same effect on your body as exercise. It increases the health of the heart and the immune system and reduces blood pressure. It has also been shown to help you sleep better, improve your self-esteem, relieve your pain and reduce your stress levels. Having sex regularly can even help you look younger and refine your analytical thinking. In addition, research shows that the more sex you have, the more you crave. Like any healthy habit, it could take a while to incorporate sex into your routine, but doing it is worth it!